69th anniversary of Iwo Jima: One survivor shares his story

Iwo Jima survivor Jim Baize. (WLFI Photo)
Iwo Jima survivor Jim Baize. (WLFI Photo)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Wednesday is the 69th anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima. More than 6,000 U.S. Navy corpsmen and Marines lost their lives in this World War II battle.

Jim Baize is an Iwo Jima survivor in every sense of the word.

Baize was only 17 when his ship was hit by a mortar off the shore of Iwo Jima killing everyone on board except himself. He was injured, but still fought hand to hand combat for seven days.

By the end of the war, Baize had been awarded 23 medals.

On Wednesday, he joined News 18 This Morning via phone from his home in Carmel for the anniversary. To view Baize’s full interview, click on the video above.

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